The reason there are no more recent studies available that confirm these findings is that all modern studies have disagreed or disproved these poor theories.
I disagree with this opinion.
1) I don't know that there are no more recent studies available. These were just the ones at-hand for me. I also wanted to show that Dr. B was not just a pop-author, but a serious researcher who wrote many articles in many professional journals, in his time. I also wanted to show that he didn't just cook up his recommendations out of the air, but that he was following in the footsteps of several other doctors who came before him, including one of his professors in medical school; and that other doctors of his time were independently coming to the same conclusions.
2) I don't agree that all modern studies have disproved these theories. It seems to me that most of the modern studies, or possibly all of those approved of by mainstream medicine, are tainted by a wrong fork in the road taken by mainstream medicine in the late 50s. All the other research on this subject was suppressed by those in power in mainstream medicine, just as much other research in childbirth has been. (See Dr. Marsden Wagner's website, and the new book Pushed
, by Jennifer Block, and the website for the new documentary "The Business of Being Born"). Some time soon I will be contacting some other professionals in the BD field for more info on more recent research/papers.
I have also noticed that some of the more recent research that would seem to disagree with B actually confirm some aspect of what he was saying, but when people don't fully understand B, what they are seeing seems to disagree with B.
3) I personally don't see a need to be continually re-proving something that seems to me to be already proved--just as I don't need to see updated proof that there is gravity, or that the world is round, or that hand-washing helps to prevent the spread of disease. So it seems to me that old information is often significant enough and able to stand on its own.
The idea that people can't be said to have been following the Brewer diet because it is "hard to understand" is just ridiculous to me
I did not say that. I said that in some cases this diet is being taught incorrectly. Once it is taught correctly, it is easy to understand and follow. I have recently been teaching this diet to student midwives, and my impression has been that they have been amazed to now fully understand it correctly for the first time.